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Seven Steps to REALLY Spring Clean Your Home for a Healthier and Happier You

Spring cleaning is an annual rite of passage in many American homes. In fact, 77 percent of Americans say they regularly engage in spring cleaning, according to The Soap and Detergent Association's 2008 Spring Cleaning Survey.

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A clean, uncluttered home will feel like your own personal sanctuary.

Both women (86 percent) and men (68 percent) take part in giving the house a good scrub down, with finally cleaning behind the furniture and washing the windows at the top of the "to-do" list in most homes.

Most Americans also agree that spring cleaning is a valuable thing to do:

  • 46 percent strongly agree, and 36 percent somewhat agree, that spring cleaning helps them save time throughout the year.

  • 93 percent say that spring cleaning makes keeping a clean home throughout the year an easier job.

  • 96 percent say spring cleaning includes discarding or donating items they don't need.

This, of course, doesn't mean that we enjoy it. Many Americans would make some significant sacrifices to have someone else do their cleaning. For instance:

  • 29 percent would pay $100

  • 25 percent would give up eating out for a month

  • 19 percent would give up concert tickets

  • 9 percent would give up a weekend away

Fortunately, spring cleaning your home, and getting it to that organized, fresh point where you can look around a feel a deep sense of calm and satisfaction, is well within your reach.

The Top Tips to Get Your Home Clean This Spring

1. First, Remove Clutter

One of the basic tenants of feng shui, which is an ancient art of creating a harmonious environment in your home using space, placement of objects, color and more to keep vital energy aligned, is that clutter represents stagnant energy.

In order for energy, or chi, to flow -- and therefore for your home to feel peaceful, support your mental and emotional well-being and provide a sanctuary for you to reside in -- the clutter must be cleared. Plus, there's no point in cleaning items that you're planning to get rid of, so remove the clutter, then move on to step #2.

2. Get Your Supplies Together

Running back and forth to your laundry room to get a dust rag, or to your kitchen for more vinegar, is a waste of time. Gather all of your cleaning supplies FIRST, and keep them with you in a large bucket.

Supplies that we highly recommend for effective and non-toxic cleaning include:

  • PerfectClean terry cloths, dusters and mits. These are the same cleaning tools used by leading hospitals, hotels, and other organizations that depend on environments that are clean down to the biological level. Rather than just pushing dust and dirt around, or worse, stirring it up into the air, all PerfectClean products are made with positively charged ultramicrofibers that pick up everything in their path -- including the biological and toxic contaminants that no other cleaning tool or solution can touch.

  • The "Three Musketeers" of natural cleaning: baking soda, lemons and vinegar.

  • Non-toxic cleaning solutions. Skip the harsh, chemical cleaners and opt for safe solutions like the EnviroRite line of non-toxic cleaning products, which contain no hazardous ingredients, petrochemicals, perfumes, dyes or animal byproducts, or Vermont Organics' Liquid Sunshine Non-Toxic Cleaner, which is a powerful cleaner, with a citrus scent, that delivers dramatic results with a multi-functioning non-toxic formula that's safe and mild, even on your skin.

3. Set the Mood

woman cleaning house

Keep your home clean on a daily basis by sweeping up messes and putting away mail, shoes, backpacks and other clutter.

Cleaning may not be your idea of fun, but it doesn't have to be miserable either. Throw on an old t-shirt and put on a lively CD to boost your spirits.

4. Clean One Room at a Time

Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming if you look at it from a "whole house" perspective. The key to keeping it manageable is to break it down into room-sized projects. So start with the kitchen, and don't move on until it's complete. You can even do one room a day, or one a weekend, as time permits.

5. Get Your Game-Plan Down

The general game-plan for each room is the same: clean from top to bottom (dirt will fall to the floor as you clean) and only circle the room once. Clean all that you can from each position you're in (at the sink, for instance) before moving on. Move in a clockwise movement around the room if it will help you remember where you've cleaned already. The key is to move in the most efficient manner so that you don't have to backtrack or do things twice.


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6. Remember to Clean This Essential Thing

Your home's air. Most people would agree that a fresh, clean-smelling home is one of the main points of spring cleaning. One aside, remember that a truly "clean" home should not smell like an artificial pine tree or giant lemon, either. These scents come from harsh cleaning supplies and air fresheners that often contain toxic ingredients.

To clean your home's air, and remove potentially dangerous microbes, molds, and pollutants, try out the PIONAIR Air Treatment System. Unlike most air purifiers, the PIONAIR™ Air Treatment System doesn't wait for pollutants to contact a filter or plate. Instead, the PIONAIR generates air-purifying technology that migrates through the area and neutralizes organic odors, microbes, and molds at their source.

As a result, the PIONAIR produces fresh clean air throughout your home uniformly, by addressing the pollutant source -- without the use of fans, filters, or plates!

7. Keep Your Home Clean on a Daily and Weekly Basis

Once your home is clean and clutter-free, it will take a little bit of work on your part to keep it that way. This doesn't mean you'll need to become a full-time housecleaner, just that you should devote a few minutes each day to:

  • Filing your mail and papers

  • Doing dishes

  • Sweeping the kitchen floor

  • Cleaning the kitchen counters

And put on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule:

  • Vacuuming and dusting

  • Cleaning the bathrooms

  • Removing clutter

Recommended Reading

Nine Tips to Get Rid of Bad Smells in Common Household Locations

The Five Key Areas of Illness-Causing Germs & Toxins in Your Home

Sources March 4, 2008

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